Dementia and the Importance of Foot-care

Posted Posted in Advice, Footcare, Information, Treatment

DON´T FORGET ME Why is good foot-care so important for people with dementia? People with dementia can be prone to a loss of elasticity, sensitivity and padding in their feet. They can also suffer with collapsed arches and poor blood circulation. In addition to all this, dementia can cause unsteadiness, which in turn can lead to increased risk of falls and broken bones. Good footcare can minimise the risks associated with all of these problems and keep feet in the best posible condition. How can I help a person with dementia care for their feet? · Pay attention to footwear: […]

Elderly foot-care is so important

Posted Posted in diabetes, Footcare, pain, Treatment, Uncategorised

Throughout our lifetime we will probably walk enough steps to take us four times around the world!   When you think that with each step we take, our foot will carry our entire body weight, then it is not surprising that our feet require a little attention, especially as we become elderly. One of the main effects in later life is the loss of adipose tissue, (padding), in the sole of the foot.  This tissue acts as a natural shock absorber and so, as it degenerates with the normal ageing process, we have less protection from the everyday stresses and strains. […]

Knee Pain : a confusing diagnosis ….

Posted Posted in Bio-mechanics, pain, Treatment

We often see patients in our clinics who suffer with knee pain due to ‘arthritis’. This can be a rather confusing and misleading diagnosis, as it literally means inflammation of the joint and it is by no means always the case that the knee structures are inflamed..  arthritis of the knee is rather too unspecific and therefore not particularly helpful when attempting treatment. The knee joint is a highly complex structure.  It is particularly vulnerable to damage, as it not only takes the full weight of your body, but also any extra force when you run or jump.  Sporty people […]

Why are my feet so sensitive?

Posted Posted in Advice, Footcare, Neuroma, Treatment

People often ask about the causes and treatments for sensitive feet. Their symptoms can vary greatly; some might only experience a mild tingling, others extremely ticklish, sensitive feet or a constant burning feeling, maybe it’s a sharp pain that is worse at night or an extreme sensitivity to touch, making the weight of a sheet unbearable. Some people find that every pebble or change in the ground can be felt even with firm shoes on.Our Podiatrists have found that some of the most common reasons for this condition include: NeuropathyYour feet may be overly sensitive due to issues with your […]

Everything you need to know about fungal nails and how to treat them

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What is Fungal Nail? Fungal nail is a contagious condition that generally starts in one nail and will gradually spread to the others. Its also known as Onychomycosis. Toenails are most commonly affected but you can get it in fingernails too. It can be caused by many different types of fungi (yeasts or moulds) that live in the environment. Small cracks in your nail or the surrounding skin can allow these germs to enter your nail and cause an infection. It is very slow growing and therefore often people just assume that the changes are just part of the ageing […]

Morton’s Neuroma … A pain in the foot.

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A neuroma is the swelling of a nerve due to trauma or compression. The most common site for neuroma is the ball of the foot and is usually caused by stress and abnormal movement of the long bones behind the toes, (the metatarsal bones). A puncture wound or laceration that injures one of the nerves can also cause a neuroma. A small nerve passes between the spaces of the metatarsals. At the base of the toes, the nerves split forming a “Y” and enters the toes. It is in this area the nerve gets pinched and swells, forming the neuroma. […]

Ingrown Toenails

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In-growing Toenails       Symptoms and treatments In-growing toenails can be excruciatingly painful and can cause a lot of misery. Many people suffer un-necessarily with this condition, sometimes for years at a time. The good news is there is help available that will have you back on your feet in no time. In-growing toenails occur when the nail, or a splinter of the nail, digs in and pierces the flesh of the toe. As well as being very painful they can also be prone to infection. Often the toe is swollen, red, produces pus and can bleed. Most commonly it […]